Professor David Southwood is the former director of science at the European Space Agency, and the current president of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is a Senior Research investigator at Imperial College London and former Director of Science and Robotic Exploration at the European Space Agency. He led the building of the Imperial College magnetometer for the Cassini Saturn Orbiter spacecraft and, at ESA, was responsible for the Huygens lander team.
Come and hear him talk about the ESA’s scientific activity over the past decade. The lecture will take place on Tuesday 11th June 19.00 in Blackett Laboratory, lecture theatre 2 and will be followed by a chance to ask questions over drinks and nibbles. (Free for AstroSoc members, as always.) Afterwards we will be taking to the roof of Blackett with our brand new equipment for an observation session, weather permitting!
Unfortunately the decision has been made by the committee to cancel this evenings planned observation due to poor weather conditions. We are hoping to reschedule for when conditions are a little more favorable as we have two brand new telescopes and ten pairs of brand new binoculars which have yet to be used!
Hope exams are going well for everyone and we hope to see you at one or all of our events planned for this term which we will update you on via Facebook, Twitter and this website.
Hi again everyone,
Unfortunately our guest speaker, Dr. Pritchard, has let us know that he is too ill to hold his lecture tomorrow however we will endeavor to try and reschedule this event as soon as possible so that as many people can make it!
As if that wasn’t enough, the forecast for tomorrow is showing a high chance of clouds. We’d prefer not to cancel the observation too but we may be forced to. We’ll keep checking and update you tomorrow via our Facebook, Twitter, and website!
Clear Skies (hopefully tomorrow),
Dr. Jonathan Pritchard, a researcher and lecturer in cosmology at Imperial, will be giving a talk on his research entitled ‘Illuminating the cosmic dark ages with the square kilometre array’.
Summary: Do you know when the first galaxies formed? Neither do professional astronomers, but we may have a way of finding out. Planning has just begun for the Square Kilometre Array, which will be the world’s largest radio telescope. I’ll discuss ways the SKA could help us learn about the end of the Cosmic Dark Ages and the beginning of the Cosmic Dawn, when the first stars lit up the Universe.
The talk will be held this Thursday (9th) from 7-8pm in LT2 and you there will be an opportunity to ask questions and talk to Dr. Pritchard after the lecture.
Following the lecture we will be having a new moon observation on the 8th floor terrace of Blackett. Feel free to come to either or (or both) for that much needed break from revision!
Just to remind you of a few things we have planned for next week.
(1) On Monday (11th) we have an observation planned! We will be looking at some of our nearest celestial neighbours during this months new moon. A “new moon” is the opposite of a full moon, meaning the moon can’t be seen and its light doesn’t cover up the stars meaning the view we get should be very impressive! Join us on the 8th floor terrace of Blackett next Monday (March 11th) from 7-11pm!
If you are unsure how to find us or Blackett, ring 074287 49808 or 075393 47037 and somebody will come to fetch you.
(2) Also on Tuesday (12th) we have arranged a Guest Lecture by Prof. Stephen Warren – Imperial’s Astrophysics Group produces world-class astronomical research and its lead scientist, Professor Stephen Warren, will hold a lecture entitled “The Most Distant Quasars and Galaxies” at 7pm in Blackett Lecture Theatre 2. You can find more information on Prof. Warren’s talk at: http://www.facebook.com/events/384056895024890/
(3) Finally from 6-7pm (just before the Guest Lecture on Tuesday) we will be holding our AGM to elect a new committee for AstroSoc in the next academic year. If you love stargazing and/or astronomy, come by and get involved! Anyone can run for any of the following positions, and all you have to do is write a short manifesto and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org:
5. Publicity Officer x2
6. Speakers’ Liaison
7. Equipment Officer
If we haven’t received a nomination for a position before we send the manifestos out on Monday morning, we will be open to people nominating themselves at the AGM!
Clear skies everyone!
It pains us to have to do this but once again we have had no choice but to cancel this evenings planned lunar observation due to very low visibility. Don’t be down though, as Astrosoc will endeavor to organise more observations so that there is a good chance one will coincide with good weather in the future = )
Astrofest is taking place this weekend on the 8th and 9th of February at Kensington Conference and Events Centre, so come and join Astrosoc as we explore the three floor exhibition this Saturday!
“If you are looking for a new telescope, a better eyepiece, a state-of-the-art CCD camera, a good astronomy book, or are thinking of taking up astronomy at university, European AstroFest 2013 is the place to be.”
We will be meeting at the union at 2pm this Saturday (9th Feb) for a short walk over to Astrofest!
Much love, Astrosoc!
I hope everyone enjoyed the trip to the Greenwich Royal Observatory yesterday! I just want to remind everyone of our Lunar/Planetary observation planned for tomorrow (28th Jan). The observation will begin at 7pm on the 8th floor terrace of the Blackett Laboratory (accessible through the Sherfield walkway or Prince Consort Road) however feel free to turn up anytime between then and 11pm. There will be signs posted at the entrances in case you are unfamiliar with the building. The event is free for all to attend, but members get drinks + nibbles as well!
As always, our events are heavily weather permitting so please keep an eye on the Astrosoc Facebook page for updates nearer to the event.
Hi guys, just reminding you about a great trip we’ve got coming up that promises to be extremely interesting and a lot of fun! This Saturday (26th Jan) Astrosoc will be making a trip to the Greenwich Observatory and Planetarium.
The Royal Observatory has played a major role in the history of astronomy and navigation, and is best known as the location of the prime meridian. It is situated on a hill in Greenwich Park, overlooking the River Thames. For those of you who haven’t visited a Planetarium, think of it as a tour bus of the Universe taking you on amazing journeys to explore and experience the wonders of the night sky. Combining real images from spacecraft and telescopes with advanced CGI, all projected onto a fully immersive dome, the Planetarium can fly you into the heart of the Sun, transport you to distant galaxies, show you the birth of a star or land you on Mars.’
Astrosoc will subsidise the entry to the planetarium but travel will cost around £5 there and back (cheaper with railcard linked oysters).
Meeting at the union at 11.30 on Saturday!
Hi everyone! Just a quick reminder, Astrosoc will be making a group trip to the Science Museum (and hopefully IMAX) tomorrow (20th Jan), meeting at the Union at 3pm. To confirm your attendance please visit our Facebook group where the event is advertised. Looking forward to seeing everybody there! = )
Much love, Astrosoc